David Kenner – Saudi Arabia

David Kenner – Saudi Arabia

David Kenner is exploring the economic changes underway in Saudi Arabia. He is focusing on how the new generation of Saudis is adapting to that change, and its members’ hopes for the years ahead. David has reported widely from across the Middle East for more than a decade. He was Foreign Policy‘s Middle East editor from 2013 until 2018, when he guided the magazine’s regional coverage while based in Egypt and Lebanon. A lifelong student of Arabic, David is a graduate of Georgetown University, and also attended the American University of Beirut. He is particularly interested in how American values and interests intersect with Middle Eastern politics.


Dispatches from David Kenner

  • Exodus from Lebanon

    Exodus from Lebanon

    • David Kenner
    • June 7, 2021
    As the country’s best and brightest flee, those who remain are finding it even more difficult to pick up the pieces.
  • The struggle to keep Lebanon healthy

    The struggle to keep Lebanon healthy

    • David Kenner
    • April 19, 2021
    Beirut’s largest public hospital long embodied all the country’s institutional failures. Now it’s leading the Covid-19 response.
  • Saudi Arabia’s coffee craze

    Saudi Arabia’s coffee craze

    • David Kenner
    • January 29, 2021
    Cafés are at the forefront of social change in the kingdom, but entrepreneurs still face big obstacles.